The chairman of Taiwan’s largest opposition party has resigned following a major loss in Saturday’s presidential and legislative elections.
Incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party was reelected, defeating her main opponent Han Kuo-yu of the Nationalist Party. Tsai won more than 8 million votes, setting a record. The DPP also maintained a majority in parliament.
Wu Den-yih, Chairman of the Nationalist Party, announced his resignation at the Central Standing Committee on Wednesday.
Wu said that he bears the responsibility for the loss and is very sorry. The party says an election to choose a new chairman is scheduled for March 7.
On Monday Vice President announced that he is stepping down as vice-chairman of the party, noting that if President Ma Ying-jeou does not also offer his resignation as party chairman, “it will make things more difficult for everyone.”
Wu’s announcement Monday morning came a day after the resignations of Hau Lung-bin as vice-chairman and Tseng Yung-chuan as secretary-general of the KMT and adds to the pressure on Ma Ying-jeou to take responsibility for the loss and step down as party chairman.